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The Magician
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Published on 10/31/2005
 

A youthful figure in the robe of a magician, having the
countenance of divine Apollo, with smile of confidence and
shining eyes. Above his head is the mysterious sign of the
Holy Spirit, the sign of life, like an endless cord, forming
the figure 8 in a horizontal position 8. About his waist is
a serpent-cincture, the serpent appearing to devour its own
tail. This is familiar to most as a conventional symbol of
eternity, but here it indicates more especially the eternity
of attainment in the spirit.

 


The Magician

A youthful figure in the robe of a magician, having the countenance of divine Apollo, with smile of confidence and shining eyes. Above his head is the mysterious sign of the Holy Spirit, the sign of life, like an endless cord, forming
the figure 8 in a horizontal position 8. About his waist is a serpent-cincture, the serpent appearing to devour its own tail. This is familiar to most as a conventional symbol of eternity, but here it indicates more especially the eternity of attainment in the spirit.

In the Magician's right hand is a wand raised towards
heaven, while the left hand is pointing to the earth. This
dual sign is known in very high grades of the Instituted
Mysteries; it shows the descent of grace, virtue and light,
drawn from things above and derived to things below. The
suggestion throughout is therefore the possession and
communication of the Powers and Gifts of the Spirit. On the
table in front of the Magician are the symbols of the four
Tarot suits, signifying the elements of natural life, which
lie like counters before the adept, and he adapts them as he
wills.

Beneath are roses and lilies, the flos campi and lilium
convallium, changed into garden flowers, to show the culture
of aspiration. This card signifies the divine motive in man,
reflecting God, the will in the liberation of its union with
that which is above. It is also the unity of individual
being on all planes, and in a very high sense it is thought,
in the fixation thereof. With further reference to what I
have called the sign of life and its connection with the
number 8, it may be remembered that Christian Gnosticism
speaks of rebirth in Christ as a change "unto the Ogdoad."
The mystic number is termed Jerusalem above, the Land
flowing with Milk and Honey, the Holy Spirit and the Land of
the Lord. According to Martinism, 8 is the number of Christ.